The Dodgers are running out of options if their plan is to add a major piece before the 2021 season. The free-agent market has picked up in recent weeks, and big names are starting to fall off of the board the closer it gets to Spring Training.
The Dodgers have made it clear this offseason that adding a right-handed bat is one of their goals. Andrew Friedman repeated that several times while speaking with the media since December. While there are still question about the universal DH, Los Angeles is likely to keep its options open on that front.
One potential option is 40-year-old Nelson Cruz, who would only sign a deal to be a team’s DH. The latest report by The Athletic is that Cruz is in conversations to re-sign with Minnesota, but that he is intrigued by the Dodgers.
Two things would likely have to happen for the Dodgers to sign Cruz. They would have to be sure of the universal DH, and they would likely have to miss out on re-signing Justin Turner. Having a guy without the flexibility that they’re used to would drastically change the way Dave Roberts and the team approach a daily lineup. For that reason, having JT and Cruz on the same team doesn’t quite match up.
Don’t let the age fool you when you’re considering Nelson Cruz. He hit 16 homeruns in 53 games in 2020, making it 260 dingers over the last 7 seasons. That number includes the 60 game season played last year. The Dodgers are obviously not a stranger to the long ball, so inserting Cruz at the number 3 or 4 spot could be a wild addition.
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